Where to begin? We are over the moon with the results of the Glass for Life / Project FIRE Auction, which finds the auctioned artworks en route to new homes as far flung as Japan and England. Over $3700 was raised to support one of the most deserving causes we’ve come across, a cause that has allowed you to combine your love of glass art with a giving heart. In addition to the auction itself, additional monies were sent in simply as checks made out to the effort. We also thank the under-bidders in this auction as well those who purchased works directly from the young artists at the studio during our visit this past September’s “Celebrate the Paperweight!”
Pearl Dick, the glass artist heading Project Fire wrote this in thanks to share with you, “There are no greater gifts you can give a young person who is overcoming adversity in his or her life than self-worth and opportunity. Your generous support promotes healing through art and the possibility of a limitless future. I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing and inspiring community. Please come see us in action in our studio.”
And to cap things off (for now) there is also a sizable donation to Project Fire in the works by an anonymous donor on behalf of the Glass Paperweight Foundation to support a special project helmed by glass artist David Graeber. With this donation Dave will construct a much-needed, permanent flame-working station in their studio, and he will teach the first class using the new equipment this upcoming April! Stay tuned for more details. And thank you again as you make art make a difference!
Lot 1: Damon MacNaught, Andrew Najarian and Project Fire collaborative close concentric millefiori base with stave tazza. Signed/dated “Damon MacNaught 2018 Chicago”. Diameter 2 7/8″, height 4 15/16″. Donated by Damon MacNaught and Andrew Najarian. Created at the Project FIRE Studio during Celebrate the Paperweight 2018.
Lot 2: Project Fire, red, black and white abstract paperweight, by Joseph Smith. Signature stamp.Diameter 3 1/4″. Donated by Project FIRE.
Lot 3: Andrew Byers 2001 braided bouquet with berries paperweight. Signed/dated. Diameter 3 1/4″. Donated by Gena Whitten.
Lot 4: Project Fire collaborative angel wings stamp on clear dome paperweight. Signature stamp. Diameter 4 1/2″. Donated by Project FIRE.
Lot 5: Project Fire dark purple swirl with air bubble paperweight, by Erick Bedolla. Signature stamp. Diameter 4”. Donated by Project FIRE.
Lot 6: Mayauel Ward and David Graeber collaborative hummingbird silhouette with poppies and blue sky vase. Height 10”. Donated by Mayauel Ward and David Graeber. Created at the Project FIRE Studio during Celebrate the Paperweight 2018.
Lot 7: Project Fire mottled red figurine with white hand over heart paperweight, by Deshon Hannah. Height 4”. Donated by Project FIRE.
Lot 8: Project Fire multi-colored mottled swirl paperweight, by Erick Bedolla. Signature stamp. Diameter 3 3/4″. Donated by Project FIRE.
Lot 9: Baccarat 1969 “Church Weight” zodiac millefiori paperweight. Acid-etched Baccarat insignia on the underside. Date cane. Extremely fine condition. Diameter 3 1/4″. Donated by L.H. Selman.
Lot 10: Project Fire pink and orange mottled rising layer with inner pink swirl paperweight, by Raymond Gordon. Signature stamp. Height 4 1/2″. Donated by Project FIRE.
Lot 11: Project Fire speckled and crackled white and gray surface design paperweight, by Latee Smith. Signature stamp. Height 3 1/4”. Donated by Project FIRE.
Lot 12: Lundberg Studios 1990 two water lilies compound paperweight, by Steven Lundberg. Signature/date cane. Signed/dated. Diameter 3 3/16″. Donated by L.H. Selman.